Sequential Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2

One of the best mono/paraphonic synths made

If there was a fire in my home and I had to grab 2 synths, one in each arm, this would be one of them. The more I use this and the more other synths I buy, the more I appreciate this machine. It IS a great synthesizer.

I think many a polyphonic synth owner would be better served by the Pro 2. If you are not a pianist or a keyboard wizard, the 4 note polyphony on the Pro 2 may be for you.

I’ve hear some say, the Pro 2 is just a single voice of the Prophet 12, which is only half true. The Pro 2 does much more with its 4 oscillators than any 4 oscillators on Prophet 12 could dream of. If you had 12 voices of 48 oscillators Pro 2, whoa baby! If you are doing bass, leads, sequences, sound effects, etc. this could be a much more satisfying synth for you than any polyphonic.

I am not negative on the Prophet 12, or other polys, but do your homework. It is not unheard of for people to exchange a P12 for a Pro 2 and be much more satisfied.

The Pro 2 build quality is top-notch

This machine is built. You feel it immediately. Metal and wood casing, there is heft to it. It feels solid. The 44 key semi-weighted keyboard is as good as they come.

No doubt, the Pro 2 is an upper-scale mono/paraphonic synthesizer in most every way. It is worth every dollar, period.

Be sure to also read my post First look at the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2


Controls and navigation are excellent

One thing I really like about the Pro 2 is not only do most functions have knobs or buttons, but there is an easy to read screen to see exactly what your parameters are set to. There is no real sensation of menu diving. The screen controls line up with the screen readout. You might flip through some tabs with the lower buttons and adjust the parameters with the upper knobs or the original control elsewhere on the synth.

You can press the ‘show’ button and any other synth control to see what it is set for. This can make deconstructing presets and sounds very easy.

There are backlit pitch and mod wheels are immediately to the left of the keyboard, right where I like them. Above the wheels, there are 2 position- and pressure-sensitive latchable touch sliders. That’s at least 6 ways to adjust and modulate your sound. Features like this are part of the reason I like hardware over software.


Sequencer is amazing

The images above show a 16 step x 3 track sequence. You can have up to 16 steps x 16 tracks or 32 steps x 8 tracks. I dare say it may very well be that the Waldorf Quantum has the Pro 2 outdone in the sequencer department, but also at more than twice the price.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Manufacturer’s website
https://www.sequential.com

Product support, downloads
https://www.sequential.com/support

Strongly recommended that you download the newest OS, unless you hate bug fixes, stability and new features.
https://www.sequential.com/download-latest-pro-2-os

Required MIDI utilities to update OS
http://www.midiox.com (Windows)
https://www.snoize.com/SysExLibrarian (MacOS)

Facebook user groups

DSI Pro 2 Users Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/719776201445367

Videos

(Uptown Oscillators) UO Sequential Pro 2 YouTube Playlist
The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Video List
15 YouTube tutorial videos from Marc Doty / Automatic Gainsay

Useful links

Be sure to join the Uptown Oscillators Facebook Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UptownOscillators

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Pro 2 Specifications

OSCILLATORS
  • Four DSP-based oscillators plus one sine wave sub oscillator
  • Four classic wave shapes (saw, square, triangle, sine) per oscillator
  • Twelve selectable complex shapes per oscillator
  • Thirteen Superwaves
  • Three noise types per oscillator: white, pink, violet
  • Shape modulation/pulse width/superwave detune amount
  • Oscillator cross modulation: frequency modulation (FM) and amplitude modulation (AM)
  • Hard sync, individual Glide, Oscillator Slop
PARAPHONIC PLAYABILITY
  • True 4-voice paraphonic mode with individually-gated envelopes per oscillator
CHARACTER EFFECTS
  • Five high-quality digital effects. Thicken the signal and add harmonics or completely destroy the signal pre-filter.
  • Girth and Air are high and low shelf equalizers with harmonic excitement. Useful for thickening and/or adding air to the signal.
  • Hack and Decimate are sample and bit rate reduction algorithms which can add subtle grit or completely trash the signal. It’s harsh yet musical.
  • Drive is a soft saturator for adding soft distortion and harmonic content to the signal
FILTERS
  • Dual analog filters operate in serial or parallel
  • Filter 1 is a 4-pole resonant analog low-pass filter inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter.
  • Filter 2 is a 2-pole resonant analog state-variable filter inspired by the Oberheim SEM filter and can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode.
  • Oscillator Split allows oscillators 1 & 2 to be sent to Filter 1 and oscillators 3 & 4 to Filter 2.
FEEDBACK AND DELAY
  • Tuned feedback
  • Three-tap syncable delays with feedback and amount controls, pan, and high-pass and low-pass filtering, all per delay. A separate fourth delay is a digital bucket-brigade delay (BBD) for analog-style effects.
ENVELOPES
  • Five Delay + ADSR envelopes (Filter 1, Filter 2, VCA , and two Auxiliary envelopes)
  • Auxiliary envelopes 4 and 5 freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations
  • All envelopes can repeat/loop
LFOS
  • Four syncable LFOs with phase offset and slew per LFO
MODULATION
  • 16 x 2 modulation matrix with over 50 mod sources and over 140 mod destinations
  • Modulation assignment buttons enable quick and easy modulation routing.
  • Mod Matrix runs up to audio rates.
CONTROL VOLTAGE INS & OUTS AND GATE OUT
  • Four 1-volt-per-octave control voltage inputs and outputs for interfacing with modular synths and other CV-compatible devices
  • Parameters that can be sent to CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, sequencer tracks and any other source within the modulation matrix. Runs up to audio rates
  • Gate Out for triggering external CV-compatible devices; any CV in can be used as a gate input.
SEQUENCER
  • Advanced step sequencer with two modes: 16 steps x 16 tracks or 32 steps x 8 tracks
  • Supports real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences
  • Syncs to MIDI clock and external audio and CV input
  • Sequences can control not only oscillator pitch but any parameter in the modulation matrix.
ARPEGGIATOR
  • Sophisticated arpeggiator with up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
  • Syncs to MIDI clock and external audio and CV inputs
  • Re-latching arpeggiation
PROGRAMMABLE DISTORTION
  • Stereo analog distortion
CONTROLS
  • More than 50 knobs and 65 buttons enable deep and comprehensive editing with minimal menu diving.
  • Backlit pitch and mod wheels are easily visible in low-light situations and have a smooth yet precise feel and response.
  • Independently adjustable upper and lower pitch wheel range
  • Two assignable position- and pressure-sensitive latchable touch sliders for enhanced interactivity and control
  • Full-sized, three-and-a-half-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
MEMORY
  • 396 user and 396 factory programs
  • Playlist mode for generating easily accessible setlists of your favorite programs
IN/OUT
  • 1 MIDI In, 1 MIDI Out, and 1 MIDI Thru/Out 2 port
  • USB port for bidirectional MIDI communication
  • 4 CV inputs (4 x 1/8″ jack)
  • 4 CV outputs (4 x 1/8″ jack)
  • 1 Gate Out  (1/8″ jack)
  • 1 Sustain/footswitch input
  • 1 Expression pedal input
  • 1 External audio input  (1/4″ phone jack)
  • Main stereo output (2 x 1/4″ phone jack)
  • Headphone out (stereo 1/4″ phone jack)
POWER
  • 1 universal IEC AC power inlet for internal power supply
  • Operates worldwide on voltages between 100-240v, 50-60Hz, 30 watts maximum power consumption
PHYSICAL SPECS
  • Walnut end panels and trim
  • 29.2″ L x 12.8″ W x 4.15″ H (74.2 cm x 32.5 cm x 10.5 cm)
  • 18.7 lbs. (8.5 kg)